Reel in fun and rainbow trout at Western Historic Trails Center
DNR to stock 1,600 trout in Lake Sauganash and Big Lake Wednesday

For immediate release October 17, 2008


Contact: Jeff Morgan,, (515) 281-3858

(COUNCIL BLUFFS) – It’s that time of year again when water temperatures have cooled and rainbow trout make their way to Council Bluffs.

The public is invited to reel in some fun beginning Wednesday when the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, in conjunction with the Western Historic Trails Center and Council Bluffs Parks and Recreation, stock Lake Sauganash and Big Lake with 1,600 trout.

“Bringing the DNR trout program to the Trails Center gives people a unique opportunity to enjoy an outdoor activity in the same area where Americans stopped on the California, Oregon, Mormon Pioneer and Lewis and Clark trails,” WHTC Site Manager KC Collins Hummel said. “Trout are easy for kids to catch and families can enjoy having fun together.”

Fishing licenses and trout fees can be obtained at any local hunting and fishing license sales agent, including the Western Historic Trails Center. More than 500 anglers took advantage of this program last year and experienced trout fishing first-hand in Council Bluffs.

The DNR said some trout from next week’s plant will likely carry over to winter for ice fishing enthusiasts. Additional trout stockings are planned for March 2009.

For more information, contact Bryan Hayes at the Southwest Iowa Fisheries Office at 712-769-2587 or Hummel at WHTC at 712-366-4900.


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